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1850 Mar.
Julia: Bay St. Louis, (Mississippi)
 to Bishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Blanc's writing to her pleased her very much. She replied at once but did not send the letter because she thought she would be going to the city. She went but did not see Blanc but her mother was very ill and she could not leave her. The Sunday he was at the church, it rained and she had to leave in the carriage immediately after Mass. Also she had with her a girl who was not a Catholic. Madame St. Louis has not yet written. Julia thanks Blanc for what he sent her for the fair. Her mother, aunt, and sisters all desire to be remembered. P.S. Julia intended to ask Father (Louis Stanislaus) Buteux to take this for her but as it takes her longer to write a French letter than an English one, the boat has come in before she could finish.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French & English) - 3pp. - 4to. - {3}


1850 Mar. 1
Copes, J. A.: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He has done so well with the "Spiritual Consoler," with the second edition already in progress, that he has concluded to again try publishing. Balmez' book on Protestantism being so good and there being such a demand for it, he asks Brownson his advice. He is satisfied that publishing of books of merit is the only road to success in this city. He has never received the copies of Balmez sent from London.

I-3-j - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}


1850 Mar. 1

The Delta (Newspaper) New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Bill for $5 for six months' subscription to the daily Delta. Receipted by John G. Wire, Coll(ecto?)r.

V-5-m - Receipt S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {2}


1850 Mar. 1
Lambert, Rich(ar)d: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for $20 for the services of Lambert's son as organist for one month.

V-5-m - A. Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 32mo. - {1}


1850 Mar. 1
Mazzuchelli, Father Ma. F(rancis): (Avoyelles, Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

It is with pain that he apprizes (Blanc) of news which he expected much less than (Blanc). During his stay in Alexandria he received several letters from his parents in which repeated insinuations were given to return for important affairs of his family. Two other letters he found at Marksville changed the case. He finds it necessary to repair to Italy for affairs he cannot at present reveal. He has made up his mind to leave immediately after Easter in order to be back by Christmas. He went to work to settle the affairs of the church. He paid the first bill of Mr. Louis (Roule) amounting with interest to $229. Repairing of the fence around the church, the pulpit, and blocking of the church, amounting to $70, has also been paid. He hopes to have enough money before Easter by disposing of his horse and a few articles. Louis alone knows of this; he promised not to mention it. Mazzuchelli will leave here, for the one who is to come, more than enough to live 2 or 3 months. He will want a written permission from (Blanc). As he will leave here for the city 2 or 3 days after Easter, it would be better for someone to come at least one week before. He is preparing the children for First Communion but they have no catechisms. P.S. He sends the bill from Mr. Louis and the receipt for work done at the church.

V-5-m - A.L.S. and Receipt - 5pp. - 4to. & 16mo. - {3}


1850 Mar. 1
Pitrat, Father: Milliken Bend, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Since things have become better since Pitrat wrote to the Bishop, he hastens to let Rousselon know. Several rich Protestants who come to his instructions and invite him to dinner, have promised money to finish the church and build the presbytery. He believes a rich woman, who could be a convert, will also contribute. A Catholic woman has promised a third of the expenditures and a slave. Mr. Minnis and others will also do something. Pitrat has had the fever again for two days. As Pitrat thinks a prolonging of his stay here would be very useful, he asks Rousselon to send his two trunks and a package of books. They can be sent by the Montgomery or another steamboat going to St. Louis and addressed to Pitrat at Mr. Dumesril's(?) store.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {3}


1850 Mar. 2
(Portier), Bishop Michael: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to (Bishop Anthony Blanc?: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Portier) learns that a silver chalice has just been brought to a silversmith for repairs after being broken in two. It was a Jew who brought it. The chalice is of good style, French make, and would be worth at least $30. If Annunciation Church has been robbed of a silver chalice answering this description, (Blanc) is to reply by telegraph or send some one to identify.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}


1850 Mar. 2
Blanc, Ant(homy), Bp. of New Orleans: New Orleans, Louisiana
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Blanc learns from Purcell's letter of the 19th of Feb., that his French catechism is being printed. If this is the case Nogue will find himself perplexed, as Blanc wrote him two weeks ago to postpone the printing in order to make some changes. If the printing had commenced when Nogue received the letter. Purcell is to inform him to let it progress if not, to let it wait until Blanc writes it again. The $10 intended for Thomas Walsh. Blanc remarks on the death of Bishop (Benedict Joseph) Flaget. He thinks Bishop (Martin) Spalding should have yielded to the wishes of Flaget's family. Purcell's report on Chicago is lementable. The poor man whom Purcell recommended on trial to the Bishop of Glaveston had a relapse and is now in New Orleans giving scandal to all who sees him. Father (Theobold) Matthews must have arrived at Mobile today. It appears great preparations were made for his reception. Matthews has expressed a desire to be in New Orleans for St. Patrick's Day. Blanc will ask him to stay at his house. It will be extraordinary if some action is taken for his reception here; but Blanc has reason to believe some action will be taken. He hopes Matthews will not be scandalized at the number of wine bottles on their tables. It is now evident that they must provide for a special agent to have their ecclesiastical affairs expedited in Rome. What a plague this Trustee System is! Everyone thinks it will ruin the temporality of the church. Blanc would have had a better cathedral if they had no such trustees. Bishop (Edward) Barron says the bulls for the Bishop of Monterey, Father Charles P. Montgomery have arrived.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {12}


1850 Mar. 4
Fau, Father: St. Pierre des Parts
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

It was only the 24th of last month that Fau received (Blanc)'s letter of December 31, 1849. He had already foreseen all the difficulties of which (Blanc) spoke and still believes he could overcome several. In a short time he could know enough English to hear confessions as he visited London and saw that it is not impossible to learn English. He is not seeking earthly fortune at New Orleans; he has enough to live decently without his ministry. He wants only to work for the salvation of souls. Since (Blanc) does not have a post available at the moment and since Fau has family affairs to settle, he will not come until the end of spring or the month of October unless (Blanc) needs him sooner.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1850 Mar. 4
Sayward, J.: Worcester, (Massachusetts)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

Early in the winter he found a purse identified as Brownson's by the receipts in it, with twelve dollars alongside it. He was unable till the present, to learn Brownson's address and will send it to him if Brownson will inform him how.

I-3-j - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}


1850 Mar. 5
Reynolds, I(gnatius) A., Bp. Charleston: Charleston, South Carolina
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell and his clergy have done a good part in taking and paying for for twelve copies of Bishop (John) England's works. Only four other Bishops have done better. Reynolds alluded to the want of a friendly notice in Purcell's paper, and a lack of subscribers among the people. As a theologian, Reynolds does not approve of all or Dr. England's opinions. To omit any portion or to correct them required great caution on Reynolds' part. England adopted the language and manners of protestantism. As far as it was possible England was a man of the fashionable world. Reynolds made the work voluminous to aid future historians as England meddled with everything. Reynolds thinks "The Ages of Faith" is the most wonderful work of the age and superior to England's works, and yet he has seen only the two volumes Purcell published. Reynolds has not seen Mr. Springer. Mrs. Springer is getting well.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 8vo. - {3}


1850 Mar. 5
(Bourget), Bishop Ig(natius): Montreal, (Canada)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans. Louisiana)

(Bourget) sends the enclosed letter, asking Blanc to do for this man who wrote it, all that he can for the children recommended to his charity. He is a very respectable man and a good Christian who deserves some consolation. (Bourget) awaits information about these poor children. Enclosed in this letter is a (copy? in Blanc's hand? of a note on): Antoine Dubord at the penitentiary at Baton Rouge to satisfy a sentence condemning him to 7 years for selling a slave who did not belong to him. He has already served 3 years. He was very well known in New Orleans by many people and by members of the political party to which he belonged. He was particularly known by the honorable Mr. Lasere, a member of Congress. At a time he thought he was doing well, Dubord wrote to a sister living with his father, to ask her to come to join him. She had received a very good education. She came and found the affairs of her brother less prosperous than she thought. When the news came of her brother's arrest, she lost her mind and was sent to the asylum at New Orleans and is now at Jackson in the state asylum. This causes the desolation of the father, referred by the Bishop of Montreal as a very respectable man, and who hopes that when his son is freed, his daughter will regain her reason.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 16mo. - {3}


1850 Mar. 6
Conway, Mrs. (Robert): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
(Bishop Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Receipt for 15 piastres for the hire of Clarissa from February 6 to March 6.

V-5-m - A. Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}


1850 Mar. 6
Lucas, Father P(eter): West B(aton) Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

For March 19, Lucas asks for a dispensation for Joachim Augustin Richard and Emée Blanchard. They say it is the custom for marriage between cousins.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {3}


1850 Mar. 7
Abbadie, S.J., Father J(ohn) F(rancis): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

He has learned that the Brothers of the Christian Schools wish to establish themselves in Louisiana and that at St. Louis they have 3 members available. Abbadie set to work to try to get them and found much encouragement. The house belonging to the church where Mr. Pierson is, would be their house; the old church, their school and the $600 would not be lacking.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}


1850 Mar. 7
Mathew, Father Theobald: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mathew thanks Blanc for his invitation conveyed through the Bishop of Mobile. He appreciates this mark of Blanc's approval and will avail himself of being his guest. Owing to his state of health, Blanc may consider him a troublesome visitor.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {1}


1850 Mar. 7
(Odin), Bishop J(ohn) M(ary): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The time for Father (John) Chandy, (C.M.) to go down to New Orleans is not far off. When he comes, Rousselon is to pay him $150 for the account of Adolphe Ménard who is at the college at Cape Girardeau. He is also to give him $250, the balance (Odin) owes the college for the negro, Clem and his family. Also $72 for the board of a young seminarian studying at the Barrens for Texas. (Odin) owes Mr. Dieudonné $24, the interest on $300 he loaned (Odin) two years ago. These various sums, with the orders he has given in favor of Father (Louis C.M.) Chambodut, $250, and Father (J.) O'Connell of Columbia, $100, will take the little deposit (Odin) left with Rousselon when he left New Orleans. Father (Angelo) Mascaroni could see that the $24 reaches Dieudonné. Does Rousselon have any news of Father (Bonaventure) Armengol? (Odin) needs the money from the note left Rousselon. Father (Richard) Hennesy, (C.M.) has been ill but started saying Mass again today. All the Sisters (Ursulines) are well; their school is growing every day.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {10}


1850 Mar. 8
Whitney,:
J.P. and Company New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipt for 3.23 for freight on the Cha(rles) Hill from Havre.

V-5-m - Receipt - 1p. - 32mo. - {1}


1850 Mar. 8
Howard, Father (Maurice): Springfield, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Howard received the Yellow Spring Ladies' letter with Purcell's comments on the back of it. Howard has been there in January and February and intended to be there next Sunday. Howard has never failed to denounce drunkards and to speak to those who traffic in liquor. The gentlemen of Yellow Springs sent a similar letter three years ago. Relying on the good faith of their pledges Howard persuaded a man in Yellow Springs to quit selling liquor on the condition that he would get cost price for what he had then in stock. The gentlemen went back on their pledges and Howard was forced to pay $50 for his kindness to them. Certainly Mrs. Horace Mann could find more than enough occupation in reforming the morals of the pupils of Antioch College. P.S. Howard expects to go to Cincinnati Thursday.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {4}


1850 Mar. 9
(Raess), A(ndreas), Bishop of: Strasbourg, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He takes advantage of the departure of one of his subjects, Mr. Kuenemann, to acknowledge the receipt of Purcell's letter of June 24. The receipt of this letter has already been signified by the arrival of the letters of Marque in favor of Adam Dinies(?). The $3000 was deposited yesterday and with all deductions amounted to 15,032 fr. 25c. Raess had asked Dinies to advance him several thousand francs. He is coming there to look up the rest of his property in a few days. This brave cook could now say "Now my business is done"(?) Raess thanks Purcell for his books and wishes he would read them with the same ease with which they were written.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}


1850 Mar. 10
Lynch, C.M., Father John: St. Mary's Seminary, Barrens, Mo.
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Lynch sends this by Dr. Shelby, the physician of the seminary. He acknowledges the receipt of Purcell's letter presented by Edward Fitzgerald. This appears to be a very good boy and to have some talent. God will provide for many such young men. All are required. Lynch received answer from Paris encouraging him and telling him to hope for assistance from the Association of the Propagation.

P.S. The (Vincentians) have purchased some land at St. Mary's Landing and expect to put up a church as it promises to be a town. It is about twelve miles from the seminary.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {4}


1850 Mar. 12
Fontbonne, Father James: St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Fontbonne received Blanc's letter of March 9. He is going to write to the Clerics of St. Viator that they cannot expect him this year. When Fontbonne sees (Blanc) he will explain the engagement he has with them. It is too long to explain in a letter and perhaps a little imprudent. These clerics did not succeed at St. Louis and it seems they are doing wonderfully in Canada thanks to the support of a Mr. Toliette who gave them property worth 170,000 francs. In going to see them, Fontbonne believes he could have done with them one way or another. But he always has the thought that he would return to (Blanc)'s diocese.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}


1850 Mar. 12
Masnou, C.M., Father J.: Assumption Seminary, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana

Masnou has just received a letter from St. Louis from Father (J.) Dimarchi, (C.M.), their procurator, telling him to send $169.80 which Masnou owes him. Will Rousselon send a draft on the Benoit Bank for this amount. Masnou has sent, by Father Jourdain, a box of cigars made at the Seminary.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {3}


1850 Mar. 12
Mazzuchelli, O.P., Father Samuel: Benton, Wisconsin
 to Bishop Ant(h)ony Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Although the conduct of his nephew, Father Francis Mazzuchelli, has been such as to deserve just indignation and never to permit him to live near him, still he feels an interest for his spiritual welfare. His people at home have asked about him. Samuel will be thankful for information of his conduct. Should Blanc succeed in giving some stability to Francis' character, he does more than Samuel ever could. Their missions are in very good condition because the indifferent subjects are all gone from the country.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 2pp. - folio - {2}


1850 Mar. 13
Brownson, S(arah) H.: Chelsea, (Massachusetts)
 to Betsey Healy Alexander): (Lockport, Illinois)

She has not written because she has heard of her through Dolly, Jesse, Orestes, or John. What has become of Jesse and Dolly and her family? The last word was that they were 600 miles west of St. Louis, 20 miles beyond the Missionary Station of St. Joseph's on their way to California with the Missouri Emigrants, May 16 last. Much of the news has been unfavorable to the overland emigrants. She thinks Dolly never would have gone had it not been for Jesse; Dolly and Goodrich deserve their lasting gratitude for their efforts in his behalf. From a neighbor who moved to Cleveland she learned John is well. Uncles Jesse and Joseph were there last fall. Cousin John P. Healy and family are well, he being in the Legislature. Aunt Draper lives with her daughter, Mrs. Turner, in Canton. Uncle Killom was there last summer; Jackson K. is dead. Orestes (Brownson, Jr.) is married and teaching school in Evansville, Indiana. John (Brownson) is in a theological seminary in Montreal having graduated from Worcester. William (formerly called Channing) sixteen years old, is living with Orestes. Henry, whose health is poor, is with Jesuits in Frederic, Maryland. He wants to lead a religious life. She rejoices that he is willing to forsake everything for Christ. Sarah their only daughter, 11 years of age, is the oldest they have with them. George, their next, died last March of scarlet fever at the age of eight years and four months, but she resigned herself willingly to God's will, thinking of the women who mourned for their children slain by Herod. Edward, six years old, is somewhat like Orestes at his age and is a pretty good scholar. Charles Joseph, four, is more like John; he is the youngest. Brownson's health is tolerably good, he being fleshier than formerly. He published the "Boston Quarterly Review" for five years and then wrote for "Democratic Review" for a few months, receiving a yearly salary of $600. The Brownson's Quarterly Review is now going seven years. The 1400 subscribers and Brownson's lectures give them a comfortable living. They live in the house next to where they lived when Mother and Hannah were there. She hopes to hear Betsey's descriptions of her own family. She hopes that Betsey will come and spend a month or two with them. She thinks Betsey has one of the kindest husbands, and if she does not come she thinks it is her fault since the manner of traveling is so easy and expeditious. She intended writing part of this letter to James, but asks to be remembered to him and thanks him for writing to her in John's letter. The children send their love to their uncle and aunt, and also to little James Healy. For the love Betsey has for her, she should get for herself "The Poor Man's Catechism", it being procurable in the bookstores of Chicago and perhaps in Lockport. She asks to know how far Lockport is from Chicago.

I-3-j - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 8vo. - {5}


1850 Mar 13
Borgess, Father C(aspar) H.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Mr. M. Phelan from Lancaster owns some property on the Delaware road about a mile from the center of the city. He proposed presenting a lot for a new church which he considered would be necessary in a few years. Borgess answered that they would not erect a building so far out of town but that he might donate the land for some other church purpose, to a religious community or the like. Phelan agreed to give two acres for this purpose if there were some prospects of improvements being made on the land in a certain time. Borgess asks Purcell's opinion on the matter. He promised to give an answer on the 18th. There is a great stir in the city on account of the Convention and the public works. There is a rough band of Irishmen in the city who are a disgrace to the church. The congregation is in good order. They have two teachers for their German school of 125 pupils. The school for the English gives Borgess much trouble. The English do not realize its importance. Mrs. M.F. Going's conversion has created a great sensation among her friends, but she is unshaken. Father Otho Borgess has gone to Zanesville. Father Thomas Boulger left here last Thursday; his health is improving.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {8}


1850 Mar. 13
O'Reilly, Father W(illia)m: Rochester, (New York)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mrs. Dwen(?) asks O'Reilly to write Blanc for the purpose of having her sister, Mrs. John Todd write to her. She has written several times and received no reply. She is about to leave for New York in two weeks to visit her mother. She had an account lately that her sister Isabella is at present in New York.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}


1850 Mar. 14
Abbadie, S.J., Father J(ohn) F(rancis): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

He asks Rousselon's pardon for sending the enclosed letter to be posted but he has a reason for preferring it to go from there rather than from here. If Rousselon still has mission chalices, he is to send Abbadie one. His little chapels, although not yet finished, have begun to produce some good. At St. Mary's he had 35 Communions. On the 21st he will have Mass at St. Joseph. Rousselon is to tell Father (Victor) Jamey that the seats have come for St. Mary's; he hopes they have come for St. Joseph's also. Abbadie has asked Jamey to subscribe to the Propagateur Catholique for Madame J. Conway, (R.S.C.J.). Although she is at St. James everything comes through Donaldson. P.S. If his address for the Brothers was wrong, Rousselon is to change it.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}


1850 Mar. 14
Dupuy, Father Enn(emond): Iberville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

17 or 18 years ago, a woman wished to marry but her parents objected. Being a minor, she could not obtain a license. The couple went to another state and were married by a justice of the peace. They came to Iberville parish where they have been 10 or 11 years. During Lent the woman wished to receive the sacraments. Dupuy refused her Communion unless she had her marriage blessed. Her husband refused unless it was done secretly. Dupuy blessed this marriage secretly, believing it was within his faculties. Since then he recalls that the faculty was for a case in Arkansas. He would like Blanc's opinion.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {1}


1850 Mar. 14
(McCloskey), John, Bishop of: Albany, (New York)
 to Father (Francis P.) McFarland: (Watertown, New York)

He asks McFarland to tell the young ecclesiastic who is still with him to repair to Albany at his earliest convenience. He is anxious to determine when he can ordain him.

I-1-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}


1850 Mar. 14
McCloskey, John, Bp. of Albany: Albany, New York,
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

McCloskey thanks Purcell for his paternal interest in the welfare of his brother Edward. Although the poor fellow struggles hard he is seldom cheered by the reward of success. McCloskey is willing to do all he can but the burden of his cathedral is heavy on his shoulders. Since Purcell has allowed Edward the benefit of his name and security in order that he might raise a sum to keep his business afloat, McCloskey gives himself as security to Purcell. McCloskey is still in debt with Purcell's brother but will pay all. He hopes to have his cathedral under roof this year.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {2}


1850 Mar. 15
Elder, Father A(lexius) J.: Balti(m)o(re, Maryland)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Blanc's letter has been received and the order given to Mr. Hidean but the ritual is quite out of print. An edition now in print will not be finished for 2 or 3 weeks. The proposition for Blanc's catechism, from Cincinnati, is better than the offers from Baltimore.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}


1850 Mar. 15
Chanche, John Joseph, Bp. Natchez: Natchez, Mississippi
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

It would give Chanche great pleasure and would be of great service to his health to spend a few weeks with Purcell. He asks Purcell the probable debates of the consecrations so that he might time his visit accordingly. Chanche is to disperse his young priests on the missions after Easter. Father (B.) Raho will make a tour through the northern part of the state. Chanche is to open his new school for boys at that time. He regrets to learn of the death of Bishop (Benedict Joseph) Flaget. Chanche fears will be sometime before the final approbations of the council will be received from Rome. His long expected bell has left Liverpool. It is to be landed in Natchez free of all expense. The bell weighs 3000 pounds. Chanche will ordain two more priests after Easter.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {4}


1850 Mar. 15
(Milde), Vincent Edward, Archbishop of: Vienna, (Austria)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: Detroit, (Michigan)

Lefevere's vicar general, Father Frederic Baraga at L'anse, (Michigan) has asked for money to subsidize a dictionary of the Chippewa Indian language. Since the Leapoldine Association was founded in the beginning to aid the Indian missions of North America (Milde) sends a draft at three months for 2 thousand florins or 174 English pounds, and a thousand florins is sent for Baraga. Of the other thousand, 33 florins are destined for Father Andrew Viszoczky at St. Mary's mission at Grand River Rapids. He hopes that Lefevere will handle these funds and if he thinks them less than was expected in American dollars this is because of the turbulent political conditions and because of the great demands on the Austrian bank. Milde asks Lefevere to pray for him now 27 years a bishop and 50 years a priest.

III-2-h - L.S. - (Latin) - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


1850 Mar. 15
(Milde), Vincent Edward, Abp. Vienna: Vienna, Austria
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell has commended to him the letter of Father Bernard Hengehold of Sept. 24, 1847, asking for help in completing the erection of a German church in Cincinnati, St. Philomena's. To this end the Leopoldine Association has given 4000 florins "on bank Valuta Austriaca," as well as for the other German missions in the diocese. Miede asks specially that a portion be given to Father William Unterthiner of St. John Baptist. He sends a first draft followed by a duplicate giving the money in 348 English poinds. He expects to receive an acknowledgement stating the value of the money received in American dollars and giving a description of the missions of the diocese for publication to the members of the Association. Miede, already 27 years a bishop asks Purcell's prayers.

II-4-k - L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - (Latin) - {6}


1850 Mar. 15
Sadlier, J(ames): Montreal, (Canada)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, (Massachusetts)

His Lordship (Ignatius Bourget) Bishop of Montreal, not only gave permission for Brownson's coming, but is delighted at the idea. He suggested that Brownson change the title of his final lecture in order not to deter many Protestants from attending. The policy of the Church there is to excite as little anger as possible between them and the sectaries, although some think they stretch it too far, since the Protestants are unsparing in their denunciations of the Church. He mentions this since instructions to this effect are given the clergy. Protestant and Catholic seem pleased with Brownson's coming, and the New Englanders particularly, they being somewhat proud of him, even though he has embraced "the errors of Popery."

I-3-j - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {3}


1850 Mar. 15
Poussi(?), C.(?): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

As he is in a very unfortunate position, an orphan, and without means of support, he intends to leave here. He asks (Blanc)'s help.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - folio - {1}


1850 Mar. 16
Montgomery, O.P., Father Charles P.: Zanesville, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell's favor regarding Montgomery's appointment as Bishop of Monterey has been received. Montgomery thanks Purcell for his good wishes but assures him that he does not feel the least vocation to that responsible office. Moreover his health is such as to render him unable to discharge its duties. It would be useless to force him into such a state.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


1850 Mar. 16
Pecondon(?), Father: Tarbes, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rous(s)elon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Pecondon introduces Josephine Duclos who belongs to am estimable family of Tarbes which has been distinguished in education for 30 years. Josephine has inherited her father's taste for teaching and that of her sister Octavia Duclos who has a school for girls. Josephine combines her talent for music with deep piety.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {3}


1850 Mar. 17
Mazzuchelli, Father Ma. F(rancis): (Alexandria, Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Yesterday Mazzuchelli received another letter from home in which the same things were repeated. Therefore he feels obliged to go to Italy. He will wait on (Blanc) and occupy himself farther for the good of the missions and in improvements about the church. They are at work at the gallery which will be terminated before (Blanc) comes, also the window frames. He will leave not a cent of debt. His debts amount to nearly $300. He will deposit the list with (Blanc) or the priest who will take his place during his absence. He wants only $150, half of which he has from the sale of his horse. There are 26 children for the First Communion a week from Tuesday. For Confirmation there will be upwards of 50. P.S. Mazzuchelli thinks when (Blanc) comes it will be time enough to tell the people that he must be absent for a few months.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 2pp. - folio. - {1}


1850 Mar. 17
Lucas, Father P(eter): West B(aton) Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to  Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Lucas learned yesterday that there was an impediment in two marriages he performed recently which had been kept hidden. The names of the first are Adrian Blanchard and Elodie Broussard; the second, Joachim Blanchard and Théotis Tacneaux. He will await Blanc's reply to try to validate these two marriages.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 8vo. - {5}


1850 Mar. 18
Fontbonne, Father James: St. Martin, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

St. Martin's is replacing the bell which the Bishop sent them and which has cracked. The trustees have asked Fontbonne to bless it before placing it in the tower. He asks for authorization to do so or have a confrere do so.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}


1850 Mar. 19
Pise, Father Charles Constantine: Brooklyn, New York
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Pise encloses a letter for Mrs. Coleman. Since his last letter Pise is pleasantly situated in his new church in the city, St. Charles Borromeo. Though newly formed it is numerous and respectiable.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}


1850 Mar. 20
Chambost, Father Charles: Jackson, L(ouisian)a
 to Father Et(ienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

He arrived in Jackson only last Monday because Father (Hippolyte) Gache, (S.J.) did not judge it apropos to take him as the Bishop and Father (John F.) Cambiaso, (S.J.) had asked him to. A great part of Chambost's Catholics withdrew from Jackson in order to be able to attend church; others have become unfaithful or indifferent. Chambost is suffering from dysentery. Mr. Flinn has just sent Chambost a horse and saddle. What he needs most, his wine, remains on the way. The Elisha told him it was not on board and all the Bayou Sara packets say the same. He asks Rousselon to send him another supply in care of McCombs and Claus, Bayou Sara. Chambost will write to the Bishop and Father Perché next Monday.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {5}


1850 Mar. 20
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mr. Holton handed (Chanche) Blanc's letter when he arrived. (Chanche) is glad he came for he saves him a great deal of trouble in teaching his young men English. They have made progress and after Easter (Chanche) will send three of them on the missions. He has not yet been able to procure a suitable house for the opening of the school. To entertain so large a family is a great drain on his purse but he thinks great good will come from this step. He supposes Father (Theobald) Mathew is with Blanc. It will give (Chanche) pleasure to entertain him. (Chanche) received a letter from the correspondent of Prince Torlonia in London who says the bell was shipped from Liverpool on January 30. It will be in New Orleans soon; Mr. Byrne is to send it up immediately. (Chanche) hopes the Pope is well settled in Rome and will soon arrange the matters of their council. (Chanche)'s correspondent in Rome says he saw the Pope in Naples and the the Pope spoke about the painting for (Chanch)'s altar.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {5}


1850 Mar. 20
Daly, Father Cornelius: Chapel Hill, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell is no doubt aware of the difficulty of Daly's mission and of the people with whom he has to deal. It is a pretty hard lot so far with no prospects of improving. All his missions have not given Daly more than $150. Daly would not complain but for some disagreeable news from home. He is unable to give his friends any assistance. Daly asks that Purcell give him a mission where he could support himself and render some aid to his friends.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}


(18)50 Mar. 20
Hardey, Father Richard B.: Alexandria, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Hardey received Blanc's letter informing him about Confirmation on the third Sunday after Easter. From what he has heard it seems to be a custom to take up collections in aid of the seminary. Pressed as he is with the debt contracted before his arrival on account of indispensable improvements, it would afford some relief to apply the Easter collections towards liquidating some claims. To establish uniformity and to effect unity and charity among the people have called forth all his energies, amid inconveniences and privations. But he is not discouraged.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}


1850 Mar. 20
Dartigues, A.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $10.87 for corn, hay, etc.

V-5-m - A. Receipt S. - 1p. - 32mo. - {1}


1850 Mar. 22
Blin, Father J.E.: Charenton, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

He sends the bottles for the holy oils to be filled. Rousselon is to send them to Mr. Meynard, Indian Bend.

He will also need a paschal candle. P.S. Blin does not like housekeeping nor outside cares.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 8no. - {2}


1850 Mar. 22
Blin, Father J.E.: Charenton, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Blanc)'s first proposal made Blin smile more than the second because he is the enemy of all exterior anxiety. Blanc's letter before the last proved that (Blanc) understood so well. (Blanc) is stopped by the consideration of a debt much less than the huge expenditures Blin has made almost with his own resources. The fate of the confrere who replaced him would have been preferable to the one in which Blin found himself on arriving here, a fate from which he cannot escape except by a miracle. The debts will be paid the instant he is assigned to another post. Humanly speaking, it would be an injustice to leave here with empty hands. But it would be sadder to be replaced by one who has no more knowledge of English than Blin unless (Blanc)'s intention is to give to a second (priest) the administration of the other part of the parish. There are long and frequent trips to make and Blin is old. He would not want to undertake to build a church without the money in hand. The little community of which (Blanc) speaks is a great encouragement for the pastor. If there were one for the boys it would be even better. (Blanc) will know what is best to do.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1850 Mar. 22
Bonniot, Father J.M.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Bonniot sends a copy of the letter he sent to Father(Victor) Jamey, of Blanc's episcopal house, asking reparation for the outrage done to Bonniot at Blanc's table in the presence of several priests. Bonniot claims reparation not only because his conduct has been irreproachable but also as a missionary who has worked for 22 years in America. Bonniot's conduct is the expression of justice due him. Jamey he hopes, will reflect and repair the damage.

- A.L.S. -


 Enclosure: 

1850 Mar. 20
Bonniot, Father J.M.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Victor) Jamey: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Copy of a letter: Shortly after assuming the pastorship of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bonniot announced that he would not receive visits in his presbytery and that people could speak to him on Church business after Mass every day in the sacristy. Jamey forgot himself so far as to say that Bonniot designated the sacristy for visits of his parish so that he would never be seen. Up to now, Bonniot has waited for the reparation Jamey owes him. As it is said that Jamey is about to return to Europe, it is Bonniot's duty to remind him of the reparation to be made in the presence of the Bishop.

- A.L.S. -


V-5-m - A.L.S., Copy - (French) - 5pp. - 4to. - {2}


1850 Mar. 22
Ménard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Lafourche Interieure, (Louisiana)
 to  Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Yesterday Ménard received Blanc's letter of the 18th. He is very grateful for Blanc's choice of Father (Philibert Jordain) Jourdain to replace Father (Hyacinthe) Tumoine. Ménard knows him a little and he has some knowledge of the country. He is sad at losing Tumoine whom he found to be a faithful friend and zealous priest. Ménard showed Blanc's letter to Tumoine; he seemed to have an antipathy toward Cloutierville according to some information he has. If Tumoine is to be recalled Ménard asks that Jourdain be sent as soon as possible; Ménard has promised a mission at Lockport around April 10.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {4}


1850 Mar. 22
Arraud, Father J.: Montreal, Canada
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He writes about a Canadian, Antoine Pinsonnault, who left his wife three years ago to go to Liverpool and later went to New Orleans. A ship-captain told his wife that he had seen him in a hospital in New Orleans where he died the day he entered. (Blanc) is to have the registers searched. Pinsonnault was about 25, a sailor by profession. His wife is only 15. Since (Blanc) knew Father Fay, a priest from Lyons and for several years a pastor in Montreal, Arraud recommends him to (Blanc)'s prayers. He died January 9, aged 57. No doubt (Blanc) does not know the writer although he saw him at the Montreal Seminary. (Arraud signs as) bursar there.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 16mo. - {3}


1850 Mar. 22
Waldron, E. Q. S.: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts)

His brother intimated that Brownson had not received his money. He paid for two numbers in the spring of 1849, and a short time ago paid for one of the year 1850. Both payments were made to Fullerton, Brownson's agent in Philadelphia. Fullerton told him that he was uncertain as to whether he should continue in the book-selling business after April 1.

I-3-j - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}


1850 Mar. 22
(Portier), Bishop Michael: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Portier) thanks Blanc for the opportunity of presenting Father Theo(bald) Mathew. (Portier) will forever thank God for the good done in his diocese by Mathew's labors. New Orleans will offer an immense field to his zeal.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {2}


1850 Mar. 23
Cutts, R.S.C., Madame Maria: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Cutts did not reply at once to Blanc's letter of March 6 because she could not give a positive reply about New Iberia. Now she believes she will be able to give 3 or 4 persons for this foundation next October. All is going well for their brick buildings. If Blanc comes he will find the work well advanced. Except for Madame Jacobs, (R.S.C.) all are well. The boarding school is still growing and the number of orphans also. Catherine Barry, their first medalist, has just joined the (Religious of the Sacred Heart). Noémie Lebesque, here for a week's retreat, has written her parents to declare her determination to not return to the world.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {5}


1850 Mar. 23

Maspereau, S. And Company New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipted bill for $5.65 for tinsmith's supplies. Receipted by A.C. Casberque for Maspereau on September 19, 1850. (The names of) D. Guerin and B. Nautre (appear on the printed letterhead).

V-5-m - Bill S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {4}


1850 Mar. 24
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He learned too late of the departure of Valerien Martin to take advantage of it. Mégret thought he would be replaced according to Blanc's reply; he expected it. But he cannot leave without arrangements between the one to go and the one to arrive. He also has waited in vain for the reply from Natchitoches to send on to Blanc. So, several days after the arrival of the Sisters (of Mount Carmel) he set to work on the church; everyone thinks he is making a sacristy. Blanc, at the last retreat, gave Mégret carte blanche about their church; he is using whatever he has, old material and new. (Here Mégret gives the measurements and) details of the church. He had made in Paris a statue of Our Lady of All Grace whom they implored for the cholera; it cost $400 which Mégret has paid. He will write to Blanc or Father Rousselon to let them know the exact time they could have the unveiling. It is so far he does not dare invite him but Blanc knows they would be overjoyed. P.S. The altar in the choir will have the statue as a background.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 4to. - {4}


1850 Mar. 24
Spalding, M(artin) J., Bp. Louisville: Louisville, Kentucky
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Spalding hopes to be able to pay Purcell a visit shortly after Easter. Two of Spalding's seminarians have made their way to Cincinnati. They have no papers because they deserved none. They are sufficiently talented but are proud ānd stubborn. Their names are Massine and McCarthy. The Superior of the seminary is strict but reasonable. Spalding thinks they will have to rely on their own subjects as they are likely to get only the refuse of the East. Father D. Murphy of County Cork wishes to obtain a situation in the Diocese of Cincinnati, or Louisville. Spalding has no place for him. He asks if Purcell would have a place for him. Mr. Hidian writes that he has sent Purcell 50 copies of the "Catechism of Perseverance." It is not very well gotten up but may be very useful. They began laying the brick on the new Cathedral. Father (Stephen Theodore) Badin is preparing to be with Purcell for Easter.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {4}


1850 Mar. 25
Chambost, Father C(harles): Jackson, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Chambost would like to wait to write about his mission but he sees it will be some time before there is anything positive at Jackson. The Catholics are separated, some have gone to California and some have moved near another church; others have returned to the meetings. He has the same arms as the first time: his ignorance, his weakness and the grace of God. The sight of his new vestments and the thought that he would not longer leave them consoled them greatly. Next Saturday a piece of land is to be sold in Jackson on which there is a fine house which could be a provisionary chapel, four rooms for the priest, a well, a kitchen, and a stable. There are 3 lots which would give space to build their church, for a cemetery, a court, and a garden. The owner says it is worth 4 or 500 piastres. Last Sunday Chambost said Mass at Mr. Crenan's. All desire to have it in the town but Chambost has not yet fixed his chapel. There were about 30 at Mass on Palm Sunday, many more plan to come on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. There is not as much prejudice as the first time. Mr. Flinn gave Chambost a fine horse with saddle and bridle. He visited the insane asylum and found it in a much better state than last year; all the workers are Catholic and many of the patients. He would like to have a procuration to buy, in Blanc's name, the piece of land in Jackson. He has not received his wine. Days of abstinence are almost unbearable among the Americans as their diet is beef and lard. Chambost still has ear trouble. P.S. All his Catholics and many Protestants send their thanks. They want Chambost to say a Mass for Blanc. Blanc is to let them know when he wants it.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {4}


1850 Mar. 25
Abbadie, S.J., Father J(ohn) F(rancis): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

The Ladies (of the Sacred Heart) ask him if Blanc will be here the 8th of next month to confirm their pupils on the day of their First Communion. Abbadie would like the 21st better, the day he has set for First Communion in the parish. At the first occasion, and by Edg. Druilhet, Abbadie will send his box for the holy oils. Abbadie has asked Father Rousselon to send another mission chalice, which he is to give to Father (John F.) Cambiaso, (S.J.) who is to come to see Blanc next week. If Abbadie has a chance to see Blanc next month, they will settle St. Michael's accounts. P.S. He has not yet received anything from Brownson this year.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {4}


1850 Mar. 25
Maller, (C.M.), Father M(ariano): Emmitsburg, (Maryland)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Maller was much consoled by (Blanc)'s letter of February 25. He is busy with the seminary and with Donaldsonville. It is time these two houses enjoyed some peace. In spite of what (Blanc) suggests about Father (John M.) Delcros, (C.M.), Maller dares not send him yet. He believes it better to wait, if not to give up the plan. He cannot visit New Orleans before June. He does not know what to do about Father (Hector) Figari, (C.M.). Maller has written to Paris about him. (Blanc) is to leave him where he is until Maller knows the will of his superiors. He is not surprised about the $500. Perhaps he will do like Father (John Francis) Ll(ebari)a, (C.M.). Today the Sisters of Charity renewed their vows in the French fashion and so became entirely members of the Congregation of the Daughters Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Not one Bishop, except the Archbishop of St. Louis, made the least objection on the point of confessors Perhaps he will come around.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {5}


1850 Mar. 25
Marziou,:
V(ictor) and Company Havre, (France)
 to Father Etienne Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Marziou encloses the bill of lading on a package of books sent by J(acques) Lecoffre to Mother Ste. Claire, R.U. at New Orleans. (The bill of lading is) on the Athens, Captain Tho(ma)s H. Chase.

V-5-m - L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {4}


1850 Mar. 25
(Mudd, S.C.), Sister M(ary) Austin: (Donaldsonville, Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Father (Joseph) Giustiniani, (C.M.) told her he had a letter from Blanc sanctioning their undertaking the public school; they (Sisters of Charity) have agreed to do so. Does Blanc think it necessary to inform their Superiors before doing it as it is something new. They exact nothing more than to teach reading, writing, and cyphering in French or English at the rate of 50 per month, $6 per annum. They will continue to make the catechism their first lesson book. But the word "public" brings foreboding. Sister Regina (Smith, S.C.) announces a new postulant; with Blanc's permission, Austin is writing to tell her to come. Today they made their vows to the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission. They have no catechisms unless Blanc sends some.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {4}


1850 Mar. 26
Borgess, Father C(aspar) H.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Borgess has been obliged to teach school himself, Mr. Healy having refused to accept the situation. Father (Josue M.) Young has been sick for several weeks. Borgess has several cases he asks Purcell to consider. Last fall four Catholic young men got married to protestant girls by the Lutheran minister, and also a Catholic girl to a protestant. Now two of these persons came to their Easter duty, but one said that his wife would not allow him to have the children baptized and educated in the Church. In the other case the husband would not allow it. Borgess refused to hear their confessions until they make the necessary promise. In another case a woman came to be churched whose children had been baptized by the Protestant minister. The woman thought it strange that Borgess refused to do what other have done. Borgess asks Purcell's opinion. On the 18th the German Christ. Blackguard of Cincinnati distributed in the Legislature the abominable pamphlets about the St. Peter's cemetery. Borgess cannot say what impression they made on the equally miserable members of the Legislature. P.S. Borgess stopped the musicians of his choir from playing at the balls during Lent, but they have rumored to threaten him with Purcell's censure.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {5}


1850 Mar. 26
DeGoesbriand, Father L(ouis): Cleveland, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Bishop (Louis Amadeus) Rappe has deposited 2000francs for Purcell in the hands of Father (Joseph) Carriere at St. Sulpice. Will Purcell permit DeGoesbriand to draw on him for that amount? Father M(aurice) Howard has had his exeat granted him at last. He hopes Rappe will be back in June.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {5}


1850 Mar. 26
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist, (Louisiana)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Banns were published last Sunday for Louis Lange and Francoise Marie Grault without opposition. If Rousselon has any catechisms, he is to send some. Rousselon is to tell the Bishop that he has announced Confirmation for the Wednesday after Easter. (On the letter, in another hand) Armand Perillat, St. John Baptist.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {4}


1850 Mar. 27
Joyau, Charles: Bordeaux, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Joyau sends the bill of lading on 6 casks containing vine plants. They are to be sent without delay to the Trappists at Gethsemani, near Bardstown. (The bill of lading is) on the Eli Whitney, signed by Captain Benjamin Dyer, dated March 21, 1850. Gustave Abadie signs for Joyau.

V-5-m - L.S., Bill of Lading - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {4}


1850 Mar. 27
Purcell, John Baptist, Bp. Cincinnati: Cincinnati, Ohio
 to Father: Baltimore, Maryland

Purcell has not found anything deplaced in the letter, but he is no rebricist. Ask Father L'Homme in such cases. Bishops (Edward) Barron and (Richard) Vincent) Whelan are in Cincinnati now. Father (John) O'Dwyer, Provincial of the Augustinians and nominated for a mitre has had to go to Ireland, out of his mind.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {5}


(18)50 Mar. 28
Durand, Father: Lyons, (France)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Durand leaves it to (Rousselon)'s kindness to find a way to send this box to Bishop (John Mary) Odin. It contains a vestment, alb, chalice, (etc.). They are the savings of three poor working women who are sending them to their brother. It is six months since they have heard from him. Lately he was at Houston, Texas. If Rousselon knows where he is, he is to send the box direct to Father Charles Padey. Durand saw Rousselon's brother a short time ago; he is well. France is becoming more red; it does not wish to use the means of salvation God gives to it.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {3}


(18)50 Mar. 28
Latapie, Heloise (Decuir): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Receipt for 12 piastres for the hire of her servant Fanchonnette for one month.

V-5-m - A. Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 32mo. - {1}


1850 Mar. 29
Kenrick, Francis Patridk, Bp. Phil.: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Not knowing the precise address of Father Henry Herzog which is not given in the Almanack, Kenrick takes the liberty of sending Purcell a few lines in his regard. Kenrick lent Herzog $150 in 1836 to enable him to pay the find and costs of trial of which he has returned only $60. Kenrick requested him to celebrate 60 masses. Justice requires him to liquidate the debt. Kenrick leaves it to his option to celebrate 120 Masses. On his promise to do so Kenrick will hold him acquitted. Father John O'Dwyer is in an afflicted state of mind which may end in derangement. He is resolved not to accept the mitre. As Kenrick published a second edition of the Four Gospels, he asks Purcell to send him his observations on the translation. He has followed Dr. Lingard when he departed from the common version.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {4}


1850 Mar. 29
Lecoffre, Jacques: Paris, (France)
 to Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

They received Perché's letter of January 7. They are sending what he asked them to in the shipment just made to the Ursulines. The subscription for Mr. d'Aquin was paid(?) by the Sisters. They have taken the subscriptions Perché asked for (he lists them, with the prices. They include among others) L'Ami de la Religion for Mr. Cartier and Father (Jean?) Martin, pastor of St. James. They include the total of 389.45 francs in the account sent to the Sisters; they owe a balance of 146.05 francs.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {5}


1850 Mar. 29
Lecoffre, Jacques: Paris, (France)
 to Mother Ste. Claire, R.U.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They have her letter of January 18 containing a draft for 1545 francs on Paris. Her order was sent on March 14. The box was put on board the Athens, Captain (Thomas H.) Chase, on March 25. (He names) the works on her list which are sold out. Her bill includes 389.45 francs which Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché owes; they are writing him today. Her balance is 146.05 francs.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}


1850 Mar. 29
Schwarz, J( ) G.: Vienna, (Austria)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: Detroit, Mich(i)g(an)

At the last meeting of the Leopoldine (Association) on February 15, it was resolved to forward to Lefevere 2000 fl(orin)s of which 1000 fls. is for Father (Frederic) Baraga also for the publication of his dictionary and grammar and 33 fls. to Father (Andrew) Vis(z)o(c)zky with little remaining for Lefevere. He is to consider that their supplies have fallen off and that not only indifference but hatred for all religious establishments has sprung up with the Revolution. Schwarz thanks Lefevere for signing the letter of recommendation to the Holy Father in his behalf. It caused them great sorrow to hear that Father (Frederic) Baraga's sister has turned Methodist. He would like to receive such a dictionary through his brother. He still takes great interest in all relating to the Indians having lived some months among them. Thirty years ago when he was in Detroit they were encamped about the streets by hundreds. He again commends to Lefevere's spiritual care the salvation of his brother and family. A note on this letter reads "Rec(eive)d and fo(r)w(arde)d by your ob(edien)t serv(an)t P. C. Schwarz, Detroit, May 13, (18)50."

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1850 Mar. 30
Dieudonné: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipt for 24 piastres for interest on a note. (In another hand on this paper): For Bishop (John Mary) Odin.

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1850 Mar. 30
Eccleston, Samuel Abp. of Baltimore: Baltimore, Maryland
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Eccleston was lately informed that Father (Charles P.) Montgomery was to be consecrated in the Cathedral at Cincinnati; but he sees in a late number of the Telegraph that he has been misinformed. Poor California is thus again thrown back. Father (John) Lamy the second on the list is first on the list for Santa Fe. It appears that the mitre should go to Father Thomas Grace, O.P. of Nashville. Purcell will oblige Eccleston by ascertaining his fitness and by sending his opinion along with the names of three others to be sent to the Holy See. The Provincial Councils have not provided for a case like the present. Eccleston was disappointed in not seeing Mrs. Carr on her return through Baltimore. But Father (Thaddeus) Anwander C.SS.R., with whom she had an interview relative to the Oblates, tells Eccles-that she had to hasten home. Father Anwander is in charge of the Colored Sisters. Eccleston would be pleased to second Purcell's wish to have a Colony. He believes they could do a great deal more good in a Free State than in Maryland.

As to the position of some of the Sisters of Charity in Cincinnati, Eccleston trusts that matters will be satisfactorily arranged by the Superiors at St. Joseph's. Eccleston cordially approved what has been done in his own Diocese; he has ample reasons to be pleased with the result.

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1850 Mar. 31
Alemany, O.P., (Father) Joseph S(adoc): Buffalo, New York
 to Bishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Alemany believes his religious duty requires him to attend the General Chapter of his Order in Naples about the middle of next May for the election of a new General and transaction of other business of the Order. Although Alemany has all the necessary documents of the Order, yet Alemany thinks that in various places he will not be recognized as a lawfully officiating clergyman without a little Latin document from Purcell to that effect. On his way to New York, Alemany sent to Purcell asking for any document Purcell thinks proper and necessary. Alemany also asks Purcell for a recommendation to the charities of the Associations for the Propagation of Faith established in France and Germany. Other religious orders receive frequently some appropriations separate from that assigned to the Bishops, and Alemany believed the Dominicans never received any, whereas besides the various missions they have to attend, they have to raise up their young men, with considerable expense. They have at present 12 novices at St. Joseph's (Somerset, Ohio) and 11 at St. Rose's (Kentucky). Their sisters both at Ohio and in Kentucky have several orphans under their care. Alemany hopes Bishop Purcell will recommend him to the charity of the faithful in Europe. He asks to have them sent to him in New York to the care of Mr. Andrew Brady, 247 East Broadway.

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 (Photostatic copy from the Archives of the College of Mt. St. Joseph, Delhi, Ohio.) 

1850 Mar. 31
Montalembert, Vicomte de (Charles): Paris, (France)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts)

He has had the leisure to read through the first twelve numbers of the Review which Brownson sent him through Father Larkin. His satisfaction and edification have been so great that he is spending some of the moments of this holy day (Easter) in thanking Brownson. He has not read any of the polemical articles against Protestantism or Newman's theory of Developments, as they have no application with them; but he has attentively perused all the articles on literature, history and politics, and agrees with them all except one: The Church In The Dark Ages. Nothing can exceed Brownson's judicious appreciation of men and things in Europe, and he can but admire how faith and prayer illuminates things at such a distance. He can feel the pungent thrusts on what Brownson says while reflecting on the different success attending those who denounce and those who defend authority, since he is an object of obloquy on the part of the French Catholic public, ever since the fate of the Swiss Sonderbund in 1847. He has proclaimed the danger of the false liberalism that has corrupted Europe and crept into the heart of Catholicism in France and Italy. The "Univers" itself, although free from the follies distinguishing the school of F. Lacordaire, will not forgive him for having said that they all had gone too far in our opposition to civil authority during the last reign -- the axiom of his contemporaries is, "A journalist can do no wrong"; rather can he do no good, excepting Brownson, who proves the rule. He trusts Brownson will not be led astray by the denunciations of the Univers against the new education law. Out of submission to the superior intelligence of Mgr. Dupanloup and M. de Jallerey, he defends it; it is as good as possible, and enables the clergy to give all the education required if they have devotion sufficient to make use of the immense rights and privileges with which they are invested by the new legislation. It is easier to read and write newspapers and pamphlets against government, as they have done for the last twenty years, than to make the best of what they have at hand. Comparing the Bill of Catholic Emancipation in England, Brownson will be astonished at the conquest they have achieved. The ungrateful violence of so many Catholics is proof of the value of their work.

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1850 Mar. 31
Tschieder,S.J., Father P(eter): Chillicothe, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He asks pardon for sending a telegram but the following explanations will serve as an escuse. The Catholics belonging to St. Xavier's church on Portsmouth pike are obliged to bring their dead to Chillicothe to be buried. Considering the great distance and the bad weather, Tschieder thought it better to make a graveyard at St. Xavier's. The Catholics cleared a large lot near the church. Txchieder asked Father (George) Carrell to write to Purcell for permission to bless it at his regular visit last Sunday, but Father Carrell forgot to write so Tschieder sent a telegram. As no answer arrived he put off the blessing until his next visit. The congregation gives good hopes, they are increasing. They are poor and scattered about so that it would be very difficult to put up a Catholic school. Circleville is improving considerably with regard to spiritual and temporal things. They got some new pews, and a splendid chasuble from Dr. Tailor, a protestant, who brought it from Mexico. Circleville could soon support a priest. On his last visit a widowed woman died whose husband in his last will gave his house and lot to the Catholic church. He died ten years ago and as at that time there was no prospect of having a church in Circleville, it was given to Chillicothe. Now Circleville would like to have a share of the property.

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